Presumably we all realize how incredibly fortunate we are as fans to have had Carmelo Anthony come to Syracuse. He came and did in 1 year what most college ball players can't accomplish in 4 (or like 30). He got Syracuse, Boeheim, and all of us that National Title we all craved.
But holy crap, you guys, then he went and donated $3million to Syracuse when he wasn't even in the prime of his NBA career yet. Is there another example of this at any other university? Is there a Dwyane Wade Center at Marquette? Grant Hill Center at Duke? Patrick Ewing Tire Fire at Georgetown? Michael Jordan Arena in Raleigh? Well, actually, that last one...there kid of is, but it's in Charlotte.
Anyway, I just watched this video that Carmelo tweeted and it's just really impressive how committed he has remained to Syracuse over the years. He was there for one year but developed this incredible bond. He went on Jimmy Fallon and Charlie Rose recently and talked up Syracuse. Is there any other NBA (or NFL) player who is as dedicated and connected to his alma mater? He even supposedly keeps in touch with the players - I remember Scoop and Kris talking about that last year. It is so rare. Check out the video:
Thx for a memory I will always cherish, Go Cuse! sprts.is/Retiring15— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) February 28, 2013
Anyway, feel free to make this a Carmelo love fest (or rag on him if you hate good things). It just hit me how unusual it is to see in professional sports. Not only today, in the era of one-and-done, but ever.